Mathematicians Of The Day

3rd March

On this day in 1702, Robert Simson entered the University of Glasgow as a student, being 14 years old at the time. He distinguished himself in classics, oriental languages and botany. He spent eight years as a student and the year afterwards he was appointed professor of mathematics.

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Quotation of the day

From Paul Halmos
Mathematics is not a deductive science -- that's a cliche. When you try to prove a theorem, you don't just list the hypotheses, and then start to reason. What you do is trial and error, experimentation, guesswork.
I want to be a Mathematician, (Washington 1985).